The Dower House at Great Fosters

A chocolate-box selection

Part of the sprawling Great Fosters Estate, the Dower House offers a charming relief to the masculine red brick façade of the Main House and Tithe Barn, with original black Tudor beams and white plasterwork.

As the Estate evolved over the years, the Dower House once a brief stroll from the Main House is now found along the Cloisters promenade, flanked by ornamental gardens. The Dower House is as striking today as ever, some four centuries later.

A crown jewel in our vision for the Great Fosters Estate, The Dower House rejuvenation is an ambition our design team have been working on for several years. The Dower House will comprise of seven generous rooms and suites, all rich in original details bearing the patina of time, juxtaposed with our signature fabrics and furnishings.

 

Designed for indulgent weekends, get-togethers with friends and family, and perfect too for longer stays, the Dower House will once again be a grand yet understated residence, for those in the know.

 

The seven rooms & suites are named after the properties that have most inspired our design team over the years, with many of them being Dower Houses formerly also. Of the seven rooms, six are available to also book in interconnecting pairs.

A chocolate-box selection

The seven individually designed rooms & suites are arranged into three categories. Our two largest & most special suites, 'Byfleet' & 'Marlborough' have taken up residence with our 'Historic Named Suites' and are bookable directly.

 

The remaining rooms & suites are available in either the Luxury King category or Splendid Suite category. We would recommend calling us to request the Dower House specifically, or indeed to discuss the options for bookings pairs of rooms in the Dower House for family, group and longer stays.

Each of the suites in the Dower House are named after other Dower Houses around England, with 'Byfleet' being one. Byfleet Manor was catapulted to global fame by the television show, Downton Abbey, where it was featured as the home of the Dowager Countess of Grantham. The roots of Byfleet Manor can be traced back much further however, back to the 12th century where Edward II commissioned it as a Hunting Lodge which he gifted to his purported lover, Piers Gaveston.

Our Byfleet Suite is on the 1st floor of the Dower House with views cross the Cloisters and the ancient roofline of Great Fosters. It spans 35m2, and features an eclectic selection of luxurious velvet furnishings, botanic patterns and a contemporary four-poster bed, contrasting with elegant heritage paints, leaded windows and other original features. The room includes a double vanity, free-standing bath tub and walk in drench shower, a dressing area and space to dine & lounge.

  • Room Features
    • Our Byfleet Suite is 35 m² with a lounging space for you to relax on a large sofa and armchairs, with your very own dining table
    • Contemporary four-poster bed
    • Situated on the first floor of The Dower House
    • Enjoys views across the ancient rooftops of Fosters
    • Super king sized double bed
    • TV with Freeview
    • Bluetooth audio device
    • Fast complimentary WiFi
    • Desk
    • Fridge
    • Espresso coffee machine and fresh milk
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron and ironing board
    • Personal safe
    • Books and magazines
  • Bathroom Features
    • Free-standing bathtub
    • Large shower
    • Double washbasins
    • Bathrobes and slippers
    • Temple Spa toiletries

Each of the suites in the Dower House are named after other Dower Houses around England, with 'Marlborough' being one. The Marlborough Suite, named after the imposing Marlborough House in London, occupies the eastern wing of the 1st floor with sweeping views across the sculpture lawn.

Marlborough House (1711), the famous mansion in St James’s, was designed by the equally famous architect of the time, Sir Christopher Wren. It was originally designed for Sarah Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough and the ‘Favourite’ of Queen Anne and went on to be the London residence of the Dukes of Marlborough. In the 1960s, Queen Elizabeth II leased the property to the Commonwealth to serve as their headquarters.

It spans 45m2, and features an eclectic selection of luxurious velvet furnishings and botanic patterns, contrasting with elegant heritage paints, leaded windows and other original features. The room includes a double vanity, free-standing bath tub and walk in drench shower, a dressing area and space to dine & lounge.

 

  • Room Features
    • Our Marlborough Suite is 45 m², the largest in the Dower House, with a lounging space for you to relax on a large sofa and armchairs, with your very own dining table
    • Situated on the first floor of The Dower House
    • Enjoys views across the sculpture lawn
    • Super king sized double bed
    • TV with Freeview
    • Bluetooth audio device
    • Fast complimentary WiFi
    • Desk
    • Fridge
    • Espresso coffee machine and fresh milk
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron and ironing board
    • Personal safe
    • Books and magazines
  • Bathroom Features
    • Free-standing bathtub
    • Large shower
    • Double washbasins
    • Bathrobes and slippers
    • Temple Spa toiletries